Loving Animals

On Bestiality, Zoophilia and Post-Human Love

Joanna Bourke

Loving Animals

Joanna Bourke

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184 pages | 22 halftones | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4
Cloth $25.00 ISBN: 9781789143102 Will Publish December 2020 For sale in North and South America only
Sex with animals is one of the last taboos but, for a practice that is generally regarded as abhorrent, it is remarkable how many books, films, plays, paintings, and photographs depict the subject. So, what does loving animals mean? In this book the renowned historian Joanna Bourke explores the modern history of sex between humans and animals. Bourke looks at the changing meanings of “bestiality” and “zoophilia,” assesses the psychiatric and sexual aspects, and she concludes by delineating an ethics of animal loving.
Review Quotes
Jonathan Balcombe, author of "What a Fish Knows" and "Super Fly"
"In this courageous book, Bourke combines scholarship and clear prose to tackle head-on one of our most stigmatized taboos—sexual relations between humans and nonhumans. In doing so, she provides an illuminating perspective on a subject too often swept under the rug. Even if so-called zoophilia were a rare aberration, it ought to be addressed. That it is far more widespread than commonly believed justifies the need for thorough, contemporary examination."
Julie-Marie Strange, Durham University
“This bold and imaginative book is thoughtful and—inevitably—provocative. With characteristic compassion and insight, Bourke undertakes a tour de force of historical and cultural attitudes towards human-animal relations to guide us through serious ethical and political questions concerning sexuality, power, and consent.”
Monika Bakke, Philosophy Department, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan (Poland)
"Bourke’s post-anthropocentric approach to human–animal love and lust is a remarkable and much-needed contribution to both queer studies and animal studies. She offers a critical and thorough analysis of the joys, hopes, and dangers of intimacy with the most vulnerable of all lovers—animals."
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